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Ubisoft explains what Assassin’s Creed Infinity happens to be

Talking with Eurogamer this week at Ubisoft’s headquarters in Paris, Assassin’s Creed boss Marc-Alexis Cot has exenstively detailed what the franchise’s mysterious new Infinity platform can look like, and provide fans.

Infinity is apparently the brainchild of Cot, whose new role as head of Ubisoft’s biggest franchise sees him seeking to revamp the series right into a group of blockbuster single-player games, a standalone multiplayer portion and smaller free experiences for fans – tending to be accessible from Infinity.

The platform may also serve because the new, dedicated home to Assassin’s Creed’s present day story, that will progress separately to upcoming games Codename Red, occur feudal Japan, and Codename Hexe, which looks to be occur 16th century Europe.

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“It is a momentous change for the franchise,” Cot acknowledged. “We will be better caretakers of our meta story, which hub can help us accomplish that promise.”

Throughout tonight’s pre-recorded Assassin’s Creed reveal event, broadcast within Ubisoft Forward, the publisher described Infinity as both a “hub” and a “platform”.

”Infinity isn’t a game, by itself,” Cot said. “It will likely be the single entry way for the fans in to the Assassin’s Creed franchise in to the future.”

On-screen visuals used to introduce Projects Red and Hexe seemed to use Abstergo’s own Animus software – and even, Infinity was referred to as being equal to having your personal Animus device: the series’ time-travelling sunbed that previously let protagonists peek in to the past.

Talking with me in Paris, Cot provided a lot more detail – including word that the series’ present day story would become playable as time passes, that more crossover stories were likely, that fans should expect more female protagonists to lead Assassin’s Creed projects, and a discussion on why Infinity’s changed were had a need to address the various desires of fans who benefit from the series’ historical settings, but might not look after its present day narrative.


To begin with, some basics. Despite the fact that they’re section of Infinity, am i going to still be in a position to buy Codename Red and Hexe separately? Will they be on a disc in a box in a shop? When I load them up, what do I see?

Cot: So, to the extent that discs will remain whenever we launch the overall game, whatever which may be… the theory is for Red, for Hexe, to be accessible as box products, however the thing is, in the event that you install them, the very first thing you are going to see may be the Infinity hub, and which will launch Red or Hexe. Simultaneously, if you are playing Red and Hexe happens, then you will see it available as a fresh DNA memory that can be found for you and you will directly purchase it from the Infinity hub. So that it will enhance the discoverability and accessibility of precisely what we do on the franchise, coupled with what I am hoping to be free offerings aswell, allowing us to dig into other memories, a little like we’ve finished with the Crossover Stories for instance, and make sure they are open to a wider selection of people.

You mentioned Infinity to be a place for more diverse Assassin’s Creed games – is it possible to expand on that?

Cot: I’d like our other studios which have contributed wonderful suggestions to the franchise – like, I keep using Ubisoft Sofia for example. They built Assassin’s Creed Rogue, something incredible with [Valhalla expansion] Dawn of of Ragnarok, and several other gems like their DLC for Origins Curse of the Pharaoh that was was brilliant aswell. So, can a studio like Sofia impress our community with a project that isn’t necessarily a 150-hour long product? Since when we build 150 hour long product, there’s so much that rests onto it commercially, that the stakes become so high. Having Infinity permits more diversity in both periods that people elect to feature and the gameplay that those games have.

Exactly what will the present day day narrative appear to be in Infinity? How am i going to experience that?

Cot: It’s like you’re present protagonist. You’re exploring memories of days gone by for purposes which will become clearer whenever we reveal the story. However the abstraction that we’re using isn’t that of Desmond or that of Layla, but that of yourself. And you will need to see how we do this.

But will there be a playable portion?

Cot: The Infinity hub will evolve as time passes. So it is it’s designed to grow with this games. As this meta story evolves, as time passes it’ll offer new opportunities for for gameplay and features from the very best level.

So to verify, those oppurtunities, with time, includes playable portions?

Cot: As time passes. We could go in to the definition of what’s playable, but I expect it to provide more opportunities for gameplay since it grows.

Will there be any chance Infinity launches as something I could download and poke around with before Codename Red?

Cot: That’s not the plan at this time. It’s for this to be accessible at exactly the same time as Red.

Marc-Alexis Coté.
Marc-Alexis Cot.

I loved the Valhalla and Odyssey Crossover Stories. Is Infinity a location we are able to see more of these?

Cot: Yes. That is something that I’d like us to accomplish more of to crossover between our different between our different games. I really like the discussion it generated among our group of fans. It had been fun to see people so engaged with the type of Kassandra, imagining where so when she could arrive. And I believe it is a very valuable lesson for all of us, because we provided our fans with a free of charge product and lots of people hadn’t cared [about Valhalla before]. Despite Valhalla being truly a tremendous success, we still had lots of people who didn’t go from Odyssey to Valhalla. And these Crossover Stories that people provided free of charge brought people back to Odyssey, interested many people to go in, and ‘okay, let’s go see what goes on in Valhalla’. So despite it being free, it had been an excellent success for all of us both with regards to the critical reception and commercial performance afterwards. I believe we have this engaged community that people should supply them with more free products and free experiences and Infinity is really a perfect vessel for all of us in order to do this.

It feels as though a Crossover Story for Origins appears like it could be held back by technical limitations – though when you have one in the works feel absolve to stop me and announce it at this time. Will Infinity be considered a better spot to expect this?

Cot: It really is. You’re absolutely right. Performing a crossover with with Origins, or [other] past games is quite, very, highly complex. Because we need to resurrect our pipelines. We’ve an archiving process, like when we’re done – finally done – we execute a ‘closing kit’. We put tape round the machines which were used to create the game, and we put them in storage and desire to do not have to get them again. The reason why – it’s almost happenstance – that people could execute a crossover for Odyssey was we’d never done the tape wrapping process due to the pandemic. And all of this was still running. We’d not done the ‘closing kit’, also it came about from the discussion with Yves at one point. He said, ‘Mac, are you currently really finished with Odyssey?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, we’re done.’ And I hung through to him and was like, ‘Well…’ And I called him back, like, ‘Well, you merely gave me a concept…’ And that is what sort of project started. Yves is quite involved in precisely what we do, that you wouldn’t suppose for 22,000 people company.

I really like the thought of seeing Kassandra pop-up again, since she can reappear almost anywhere. So what can Kassandra fans such as for example myself expect?

Cot: “I cannot talk with our future plans for Kassandra apart from to inform you she’s one among my favourite characters in the franchise. And I’d want to see her keep coming back.”

Well, talking about female Assassins, you can find already theories that the type we saw within the Codename Red teaser was female. Is it possible to confirm? And today is really as good a spot as any to improve the question of whenever we will see a lady Assassin leading a significant game project also it not just as an option?

Cot: I’ll reply to your questions in two parts. For the initial part, I’ll defer to your upcoming discussions in two months with the Red team, where you can inquire further a question and they’re going to have the ability to answer it because I’d like them to have the ability to speak! It is the sad section of my job is I cannot talk specifically about [a particular project]. However your second question goes more to a thing that I could and am ready to answer. Yes, later on, people can get to visit a female protagonist lead an Assassin’s Creed game. Whatever, let’s Red, whether that’s Hexe, whether that’s Invictus – well, that is clearly a multiplayer game – but be it a different one of our experiences. I’ll let our teams response to that later on.

Will there be any prospect of Infinity to encompass other past games for some reason?

Cot: There’s the possibility for all of us to integrate our past games into Infinity because the abstraction, the theory is you are exploring memories. How we will do this will undoubtedly be revealed at another time.

Moving the series’ present day story to Infinity is really a big shift for the series. You’ve discussed Infinity being truly a place where it could be curated better, rather than being the task of varied developers through the years, where storylines have already been left to graphic novels to conlcude. Why was look for a better home for this important – and just why may be the franchise’s present day framework important at all?

Cot: I believe we were challenged previously with this aspect, and I’ll offer you my very blunt analysis of the topic. For those who love the meta story, we’ve never had the opportunity to provide them enough. They might love a whole game in line with the meta story, with gameplay, and full immersion. On the other hand, and I believe this represents a big section of our audience, many people do not value the meta story, and would like to jump right back with time. We’re in times where no one’s pleased with it, in the sense that folks who think it’s great never get enough and individuals who can’t stand it’ll always have an excessive amount of. So that is where we’re attempting to change the paradigm with Infinity. When I say it’s synchronous and concurrent, this means I’d like this story to call home independently of the big cycles of the overall game. So that you can expect the hub, the stories that people tell, to be updated independently of the games. On the other hand, it shows plenty of players that don’t wish to be involved with this [a way] to jump directly into our past experiences. All they see may be the DNA Explorer and, boom, they jump right back.

I wish to keep carefully the DNA explorer abstraction or the Animus because I believe for whoever plays Assassin’s Creed, it is important that they recognize that you go back to the past never to change it out, but to understand something about any of it. And I believe it is important to keep that abstraction. And I am sorry, I’m providing you an extremely long-winded answer, but I believe our meta story in addition has been an obstacle to people entering the franchise. Once you discuss Assassin’s Creed, it’s like, ‘oh, it’s complicated’. ‘Coming to Valhalla, I’m interested by the Vikings however the whose this girl Layla? It is the third act of her story?’ Also it can stop you from enjoying those games. So by changing our paradigm, Personally i think the people who wish to concentrate on ‘like, oh cool, there is a Viking experience, I wish to play’, they are able to. But again, [we will] serve better individuals who love the Abstergo, the Assassins, how this plays out and present them more content.

The announcemment of Infinity and the roadmap of what’s coming – while still vague – is quite dissimilar to the forms of closely-guarded reveals of days gone by. Were leaks inevitable? What has sparked this change?

Cot: The is changing, and we’re attempting to change with it. And I believe that by announcing earlier, we are able to have a conversation. It is a conversation I’d like us to possess and I’d like our teams to possess with the fanbase – with individuals who value Assassin’s Creed to allow them to help shape our products with their expectations. You’ve been within the industry for long enough to learn whenever we announce a project, we’re just about finished with it – at the very least in a manner that there’s very little place for feedback. I’d like us to get a bigger conversation. It becomes so important – this moment whenever we reveal the overall game – and there’s so much that switches into it. Also it always eventually ends up leaking, be it a keychain, or… almost always there is a thing that happens. We’re a large company, there’s lots of moving parts. And all of this secrecy is toxic, I’d say.

Internally, it’s preventing us from from sharing openly. I’d like our teams to collaborate internally, to disappear completely from competition towards collaboration. Which means that precisely what we do internally, I have to make everything open to almost everyone in the business, in order that everybody can contribute. Making stuff more available internally [causes] the risks of leaking to move up or more with the quantity of individuals who know, [but] having it on the market, getting the courage to possess this discussion, it challenges us [in an excellent way]. I cannot wait to see what the feedback is approximately this new approach. It’s something that’s new for Ubisoft. Clearly, that’s something we’ve not done before. I cannot wait to see what folks think about it and see where it requires us.


So, when will we see Infinity launch? Tonight’s briefing was frustratingly opaque when it found solid release dates, with just a vague “2023” window for next year’s Baghdad-set game Assassin’s Creed Mirage.

Projects Red and Hexe – and by extension Infinity – all seem further off.

”In the coming years,” presenter Danny “Shaun Hastings” Wallace concluded, “we’ll start to see the launch of the brand new platform Assassin’s Creed Infinity, connecting players to the games in a complete new way.”

Tonight’s announcements were dominated by teases for two blockbuster Assassin’s Creed projects now in development. Codename Red will undoubtedly be occur feudal Japan, while Codename Hexe looks to be inspired by European witchcraft.

Ubisoft also saw fit to confirm a few mobile game projects today, including one occur China.

Before all that, there’s still next year’s Assassin’s Creed Mirage to check forward to, which we’ve loads greater detail on here.


Eurogamer met with Ubisoft at its Paris office this week, that Ubisoft covered travel and accommodation.

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